836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, April 13, 2017
8 p.m.$12 in advance, $15 day of show21 and over
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Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown
Lee Harvey Osmond
aka one of three
large, melodic growling man from the former
is the third
solo album from Tom
Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond and follows two albums,
The Folk Sinner
which were previously
longlisted for the
and nominated for
. In addition to releasing another album, Tom
Wilson has recently signed
a deal with
for the publishing of his first book. Lee Harvey
Osmond heads for Canada’s West Coast for a string of
(Cowboy Junkies) in the intimacy of his Toronto
svalle studio, the humanity of the album is like the warmth of blood that rushes to
the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of
possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars
t bob and weave, Lee Harvey Osmond’s voice
forever the hallmark of his sound
which spans over three decades of work
sounds, here, like a warm hand to the
forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a
At once evoking
Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott
bends and twists and stretches and squeezes Lee Harvey Osmond’s deep baritone
the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or
sunk in the muck of distortion.
The strength of the songs notwithstanding,
is a fascinating vocal journey
to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time.
Through the truncheon
swing of “Loser For Your Love” to the haunting balladry of “Come And Go” to the
of “How Does It Feel” to
the exotic fusio
n of the album’s penultimate
track, “Black Spruce,”
journeys between the quiet, smouldering, raging,
moving, and sad. Lyrically, Lee Harvey Osmond reflects on the mistakes of the singer’s
past with the resigned perspective of someone coming
through the other side.
A song like “Hey, Hey, Hey”, featuring a thrilling slide guitar piece by
(Elliot BROOD, City And Colour, Cowboy Junkies) describes two lovers caught
in the throes of personal despair, their “dreams turned to rust,
” their lives waiting until
“the morning comes and sweeps us both away.” Lee Harvey Osmond sings: “The world
is fucked up. And so are you and I.” It defines an album, and a songwriter, bereft of any
choices other than to keep moving for fear of sinking int
o the mire of a dark past.
Shootdang is a Portland based Country/Folk duo born from the joint talents of Erin Wolf and Pitch Goose. Both Erin and Pitch cut their teeth busking on the streets of their hometowns and in the many various towns they've encountered along their travels.
Erin and Pitch have been playing music together since the winter of 2011 and as Shootdang since the winter of 2012.
Their versatility makes it possilbe for them to play in a variety of settings from roudy house shows and dive bars to coffee shops and weddings.
Though they have only one recording so far (debut release "It's A Goddamned Demo") they look forward to playing more shows,touring in their van and recording again in 2015.
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